As far as remakes go, XIII was one I wouldn’t have ever expected to get such treatment. A cult hit from Ubisoft’s weird publishing days, a relic of the past resurfaces after 17 years. Its re-emergence seemed incredibly promising. Getting the original game working on modern PCs has been helped by mods and fan packs, but it remains hard to get running. PlayMagic has put considerable work into the Microids-published XIII for 2020, and it’s a gorgeous game that’s ultimately let down by its gameplay and bug-ridden levels. There’s a lot to overcome to try to enjoy this remake, so now that’s two releases of XIII that are a hassle to play.
I reviewed Gear.Club Unlimited 2 over a year ago for the Switch, and it was not a great game. Navigating menus is a drag with most of your time spent waiting. Plus, cars drive like they have a pole stabbed through the middle, one of the greatest sins in a racing game. But there were some bright spots where you could see potential improvement. All that’s to say that the Porsche Edition doesn’t change any of that.